Richard W. (Dick) Wanter
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August 30, 1925 - January 8, 2014
Resident of Saratoga
Well done my good and faithful servant Dick. This day you shall be with Me in Paradise. Dick passed away on January 8, 2014 from a massive heart attack. In 1973, he miraculously survived a near-fatal heart attack. For the next forty-one years, with unwavering determination, he continued to prevail over his heart condition. However, for the past several years, Dick has also had to endure the horribly debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease, with courage and strength while never losing his dignity.
Dick was born in Niagara Falls, New York on August 30, 1925. He joined the Army Air Corps in WWII and at age 18 was involved in the D-Day Invasion. In 1963, he moved his family from Connecticut to California and in 1964 settled in Saratoga.
Dick was a mechanical engineer. His professional career spanned over fifty years working in the defense and pharmaceutical industries. For twenty-five years, he worked at Syntex as Engineering Manager and Senior Project Manager. In 1970, while still at Syntex, he started his own company, Technoproducts, Inc., a manufacturer of technical test equipment for the aerospace industry. He continued working in Technoproducts, Inc. until 2011.
Dick was an unpretentious, kindhearted, hardworking, wonderful man with a great sense of humor and a radiant smile. He deeply loved his family and home. Dick had a great love of the outdoors, walking every morning and he enjoyed golf. He continually worked outside raking leaves and cutting the grass, remarkably still doing so until age 87. Dick really liked music and was very artistic. Over the years during the holidays, he hand-painted thousands of his wife's gingerbread men and Easter eggs which were given to neighbors and friends. Dick was very patriotic; every day he proudly flew the flag outside his home.
Dick was a member of the Church of the Ascension from its beginning as a parish, 50 years ago. He assisted with the implementation of the irrigation system for the church grounds and was part of the first Building Committee. Dick was also a member of the Parish Council and served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He had also been active in his previous parishes.
Dick deeply felt for anyone in need. He contributed to many causes, generous with his time and money. He also served as a Boy Scout Leader and volunteered at Martha's Kitchens for over 20 years.
Dick was married for 65 years to Aleene, the love of his life. He was a loving father to son Rick, daughter Beverly and son-in-law Dave (Santa Paula, California). During the past several years Rick became Dick's lifeline to the outside world. Together they went to church every Sunday, to all of his doctor appointments, made weekly shopping trips and enjoyed daily rides while listening to music. They were the best of friends.
Dick will be forever missed by his devoted wife Aleene who loved him dearly and cared for him daily, by his family and by all those whose lives he touched. There are simply no words to convey how much Dick will be missed. We will love him forever and will be eternally thankful to God for Dick, and we thank you, Dick for sharing your life with us.
A Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Alameda Family Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am at the Church of the Ascension on Friday, January 17, 2014, followed by a private burial at Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga.
In honor of Dick's memory, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Food for the Poor, Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 15, 2014